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Q&A: Manka Dhingra makes the case for three behavioral health bills headed to executive session

Senator Manka Dhingra is the Chair of the Senate Behavioral Health Subcommittee to Health & Long Term Care. Today, the Committee held public hearings for...Read More

Update on remote testimony

I had my first opportunity yesterday to use the state’s new remote testimony procedures. The process exceeded my expectations. I was testifying on SB 5096 (9%...Read More

New revenue would boost state GDP, add 66,000 new jobs

New analysis released by Washington State Budget and Policy Center shows that funding new community investments by raising equitable revenue through increased taxes on the...Read More

Republican leaders discuss legislative goals for 2021 session

Leaders from the House and Senate Republican Caucuses — House Minority Leader JT Wilcox, Senate Minority Leader John Braun, House Minority Floor Leader Jacquelin Maycumber,...Read More

Democratic leaders discuss legislative goals for 2021 session

Leaders from the House and Senate Democratic Caucuses — Speaker Laurie Jinkins, Senate Majority Leader Andy Billig, House Majority Floor Leader Monica Stonier, and Senate...Read More

Bill would establish new deadline for the submission of redistricting plans

A bill moving through the state Senate would cement a new deadline for local jurisdictions to submit redistricting plans following the 2020 census. The bill...Read More

Department of Commerce details COVID-19 impacts on industry sectors and its economic recovery plan for small businesses

Washington Department of Commerce (COM) data details the disparate impact of COVID-19 on taxable business income, which will affect the state operating budget, on different...Read More

Morning Wire: Lt. Gov. Heck, Capitol protest, Vaccine race

The session is underway with only modest protests at the legislative building yesterday. Rules were adopted in person that will allow the rest of the...Read More

Q&A: Denny Heck looks ahead to his first term as Lieutenant Governor

Lieutenant Governor-Elect Denny Heck will be sworn in as the 17th Lieutenant Governor of Washington on Wednesday. Heck will preside over a Senate convening under...Read More

King County Council will provide funding to speed up COVID-19 vaccinations

The King County Council announced today that it will provide $7 million in funding to speed up the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines. The funds will...Read More